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Gladiolus italicus

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 22 March 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Gladiolus italicus is a species of gladiolus known by the common names Italian gladiolus, field gladiolus, and common sword-lily.

This is the hyacinth of antiquity, one of the most beautiful wild flowers in the Greek landscape. It is probably native to much of Eurasia and is a common weed, particularly of cultivated fields, olive groves and waste places. This perennial flower grows an erect stem approaching a meter in maximum height with a few long leaves around its base. Toward the top half of the generally unbranching stem is an ear-like spike inflorescence on which flowers appear at intervals. Each plant has up to 10 flowers. The flower is bright pink to magenta and several centimeters long with its stamens and style protruding from the throat.

Image: Tympaki (Crete) - 07/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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KriKridesign from Léman, Switzerland

just a marvel!

22 Mar 2011 7:39am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi! Prachtige kleuren.

22 Mar 2011 9:25am

Mary from PA, United States

Wow !! She is stunning in that light ! Perfect Johan !!

22 Mar 2011 6:02pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautifully captured!

22 Mar 2011 11:32pm

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

extraordinary back light !

23 Mar 2011 9:26am

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Magnifique ... excellent photo .. beaucoup de précision et des coloris superbes ...félicitations 5*

23 Mar 2011 11:02am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Superb in every way! *****

24 Mar 2011 2:26pm

Canon EOS 400D
1/160 second
ISO 200
150 mm